Shows & Panels
- The 2014 Big Picture on Cyber Security
- AFCEA Answers
- Ask the CIO
- Building the Hybrid Cloud
- Connected Government: How to Build and Procure Network Services for the Future
- Continuing Diagnostics and Mitigation: Discussion of Progress and Next Steps
- Federal Executive Forum
- Federal Tech Talk
- The Future of Government Data Centers
- The Future of IT: How CIOs Can Enable the Service-Oriented Enterprise
- The Intersection: Where Technology Meets Transformation
- Maximizing ROI Through Data Center Consolidation
- Mitigating Insider Threats in Virtual & Cloud Environments
- Modern Mission Critical Series
- Moving to the Cloud. What's the best approach for me
- Navigating Tough Choices in Government Cloud Computing
- The New Generation of Database
- Satellite Communications: Acquiring SATCOM in Tight Times
- Targeting Advanced Threats: Proven Methods from Detection through Remediation
- Transformative Technology: Desktop Virtualization in Government
- The Truth About IT Opex and Software Defined Networking
- Value of Health IT
- Air Traffic Management Transformation Report
- Cloud First Report
- General Dynamics IT Enterprise Center
- Gov Cloud Minute
- Government in Technology Series
- Homeland Security Cybersecurity Market Report
- National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
- Technology Insights
- The Cyber Security Report
- The Next Generation Cyber Security Experts
Shows & Panels
Monday - Friday, 6-9 a.m.
Host Tom Temin brings you the latest news affecting the federal community each weekday morning, featuring interviews with top government executives and contractors. Listen live from 6 to 9 a.m. or download archived interviews below.
Navy has big plans for the little UAV
Friday - 4/16/2010, 10:31am EDT
Senior Internet Editor
Call them Unmanned Arial Systems (UAS), or Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs), Remotely Piloted Aircraft, or just call them drones.
Just don't call them late to the technology party.
Each branch of the military has different uses for the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Capabilities, Rear Admiral Terry Kraft, told Federal News Radio the Navy knows what it likes about them.
"We were impressed with the persistence and the covertness of these vehicles when you get them out there."
The next logical question for Kraft has been how to "adapt these things for our own use."
The BAMS, said Kraft, will be the only ground based UAV. "All of our other unmanned systems, up to and including flying off of aircraft carriers, are going to be marinized, and really, when we look at building and designing these systems, that's the toughest challenge," said Kraft, "getting things on and off a ship."
Well, they are, after all, the Navy.
Looking at the future of the futuristic fliers, Kraft said he thinks "in the next 20 years for naval aviation, we're going to be in this transition period where unmanned aircraft are going to be working in concert with manned aircraft."
Other challenges over the next few decades, said Kraft, will include ethics, tactics, and how to handle "all this data that are coming off these aircraft" including ground control stations.
"Where do we put these people," asked Kraft, "and how do we minimize our manning so we're not just taking a whole lot of people out of the cockpit and putting a whole lot of people in a sweaty room somewhere."